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Chinese Proverb of the Week: 11

Chū lín sŭnzi xiàn dăduàn 出 林 笋子 先 打断 The bamboo shoots which grow outside the edge of the grove will be the first to be broken off.   This is a warning proverb – if you stick your … Continue reading

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Chinese proverb of the week: 10

Yù bàng xiāng zhēng, yú rén dé lì. 鹬 蚌 相 争 鱼 人 得 利 When a snipe and clam quarrel, the fisherman benefits. This is a very old proverb dating back in Chinese history to The Warring States … Continue reading

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Chinese proverb of the week – 5

lǎo pó shì bié rén de liàng 老婆是别人的靓 Your neighbour’s wife looks prettier than your own. Or, as we would say ‘The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence’. I know some people who are always … Continue reading

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Chinese proverb of the week: 3

  Bù rù hǔxuè, yāndé hǔ zǐ? 不入虎穴,焉得虎子 If you don’t enter the tiger’s den, how will you get the tiger cub? Or, as we would say: Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

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Chinese proverb of the week (2)

Bu guan hei mao bai  mao neng zhuo zhe lao shu de jiu shi hao mao! 不管黑貓白貓能捉老鼠都是好貓! No matter if it is a black cat or a white cat, if it catches mice it is a good cat! Chinese people … Continue reading

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Chinese Proverbs

Tian gao, Huangdi yuan. 天高皇帝远  Heaven is high, and the Emperor is far away This is the first Chinese proverb I ever heard used and completely understood;  and to my mind it encapsulates China and the way it is governed. … Continue reading

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